NAACP Calls Soda Ban An Attack on Minority Owned Businesses

NEW YORK – As the controversy over Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s ban on large-sized sugary drinks continues, the New York NAACP has joined in the chorus against the ban and is backing a lawsuit saying that it’s an unfair attack on small, minority-owned businesses. Speaking on behalf of the chapter of the national civil rights organization, […]

CA NAACP Hosts Tribute to “The Godfather of African American Politics”

SACRAMENTO – They’ll gather together in his name. The California NAACP hosts a tribute to Mervyn Dymally, the “Godfather of African American politics” in California on Monday, February 4. Dymally, who died on October 7, had a career of firsts. He took office in 1963 as one of the state’s first Black members of the […]

BENJAMIN JEALOUS: The Emancipation Proclamation and Our Collective History

OPINION – The Emancipation Proclamation, which set our nation on the path to the end of slavery, was signed 150 years ago this month. This year we should resolve to teach our children the story of our collective history. The past century and a half offers countless tales of bravery and sacrifice to inspire the […]

Sacramento NAACP Urges End-Of-Year Support For Programs

SACRAMENTO – The Sacramento Branch NAACP is asking for support to keep providing much-needed services and programs to the community. Local president Tyrone Netters says the non-profit organization is as relevant as ever and points to its power to make things happen. “The national and local NAACP chapters played a vital role in this year’s […]

NAACP Releases Report Card for The Hotel & Lodging Industry Noting “Room for Improvement”

ATLANTA – Last week, the NAACP released the findings from its “Opportunities & Diversity Report Card: Hotel & Lodging Industry”. Marriott International received an overall B grade – the highest rating out of all the hotels – with the remaining hotels scoring either a C+ or C. Details in the report suggests that corporate leaders in the […]

NAACP Challenges Voter Suppression at 103rd Annual Convention

HOUSTON – The NAACP took a principled stand against voter suppression at their 103rd Annual Convention last week in Houston, Texas. The theme “Your Power, Your Decision – VOTE” was on full display as delegates heard from Vice President Biden and Governor Mitt Romney and learned about attacks on the right to vote in states […]

NAACP Passes Resolution Endorsing Same-Sex Marriage

MIAMI-  Over the weekend, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) released a resolution supporting marriage equality. At a meeting of the 103-year old civil rights group’s board of directors, the organization voted to support marriage equality as a continuation of its historic commitment to equal protection under the law. “The mission […]

Pennsylvania State Senate Passes Voter ID Bill: Civil Rights Advocates Concerned

HARRISBURG – Today, the Pennsylvania State Senate passed a bill to require voters in the state to show certain photo identifications before their votes can be counted. The measure passed the state chamber by a vote of 26-23. Pending state House action, the bill may soon be on Gov. Tom Corbett’s desk for signature and […]

George Lucas to Receive NAACP Vanguard Award at 43rd Image Awards Ceremony

UNIVERSAL CITY – Academy Award-winning director, filmmaker, and executive producer George Lucas will be honored with the prestigious NAACP Vanguard Award Presented by UAW/Chrysler at the “43RD NAACP Image Awards,” broadcast live from Los Angeles’ historic Shrine Auditorium on Friday, February 17 (8-10 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on NBC. In addition, some of the biggest […]